As I’m diving more and more into the atrocity of food chemicals in our society, I have a suggestion for the health future of our children.¬† This Halloween have your cake and eat it too: help kids fill their pillow cases full of organic and fair trade candy! This will not only help prevent expensive dentist bills due to refined-sugar overload, but will also help create sustainable ecology and economies all over the island.
Look for these alternatives to the usual synthetic loot; they can all be ordered online (obviously a little late for this year, but maybe in time for the Holiday Season):
1.¬†¬† ¬†Yummy-gummy goodness: Try Surf Sweets Gummy Worms or Organic Classic Gummi Bears from Surf Sweets or Let‚Äôs Do Organic, both made with organic natural sweeteners and sans artificial colors and flavors.
2.¬†¬† ¬†The new chew: Look for Glee Gum, a natural gum (no synthetic plastics) in cinnamon, peppermint and tangerine flavors, made with sustainably harvested natural chicle from Central American rainforests.
3.¬†¬† ¬†A smarter kind of Smarties¬Æ: Sun Drops by Sunspire– candy-coated chocolate or peanut bites with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
4.¬†¬† ¬†Fruit Lollipops by Pure Fun or Yummy Earth: organic lollipops in both old and new flavors- lemon, green apple, watermelon, goji berry, tangerine, and pomegranate. No synthetic colors here; their colorings come from red beet, red cabbage, annatto extract, turmeric extract, purple carrots, and alfalfa extract!
5.¬†¬† ¬†Fair trade eco-chocolate: Try organic dark/milk/white chocolate squares from Green & Black‚Äôs, organic and fair trade dark chocolate bites from Equal Exchange, or ethically-traded milk-chocolate squares by Endangered Species.
6.¬†¬† ¬†Crystal Cuts: Colorful old-fashioned hard candies from Hammond‚Äôs in Grape, Orange, Lemon, and Cherry.
7.¬†¬† ¬†Maple hard candies: Leaf-shaped candies flavored and colored with real maple syrup.
8.¬†¬† ¬†Spicy Cinnamon Candy by Pure Fun: This certified organic, vegan, gluten-free, kosher candy actually contains red cabbage to get its color!
9.¬†¬† ¬†Organic dark-chocolate covered raisins by Sunspire: a much healthier version of Raisinettes¬Æ.
10.¬† Organic Jelly Beans by Surf Sweets
11.¬†¬† More pep in your step: Honey Mint Patties by Honey Acres are an incredibly pure version of Pep¬Æ mint and chocolate patties- their ingredients are only honey, unsweetened chocolate, and peppermint.